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Making It Plain: “Messiah” or “Christ” = Anointed One

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SIH TOTT ICON1.  “Messiah” comes from Hebrew word:  “mashiyach” which means “to anoint, to rub, to apply”.
2.  The meaning of the word Messiah is brought into the New Testament by use of the Greek word “christos” which is translated “Christ”

Therefore Old Testament title “Messiah” is equivalent to the New Testament title “Christ”….. “He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the MESSIAS, WHICH IS, BEING INTERPRETED, THE CHRIST”
(John 1:41)

We find that there are three different Jewish offices that used the act of anointing to place an individual in the postion of service to God….
1. prophet
2. priest
3. king

By recognizing Jesus as THE “Messiah” or THE “Christ” it is saying that He is THE Anointed One, in other words the Ultimate, Superior Holder of the offices of Prophet, Priest and King.   Christ was publicly declared to hold these three offices when The Father anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit at His baptism…  “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:”  (Matthew 3:16)

The term “Messiah” is only used in one 2 verse text in the Old Testament…. “Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the MESSIAH the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall MESSIAH be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.” (Daniel 9:25-26)

The term “Christ” is used very frequently in the New Testament.  A few of those references are….

The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.  Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am [he].  (John 4:25-26)

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  (Ephesians 2:13)

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.  (1 John 5:20)

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